Cigar Aficionado

#25 • 2016 • El Güegüense Corona Gorda

Based on Nicaraguan folklore, El Güegüense translates to “the wise man,” and is the debut brand from Foundation Cigar Co., a company launched in mid-2015 by cigarmaker Nicholas Melillo. He was perhaps best known in the industry for running production at La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate in Nicaragua, but Melillo has developed a fast and loyal following with this cigar line since he branched out on his own.

This Nicaraguan puro has a Corojo ’99 wrapper, Corojo ’99 binder and fillers composed of Corojo ’99 and Criollo ’98 from Jalapa and Estelí. Melillo says that the filler leaves were harvested in 2011 and 2012. The combination of different varietals from different regions make this an interesting, tasty mélange of Nicaraguan tobacco. Thankfully, the El Güegüense Corona Gorda is a lot easier to smoke than it is to pronounce.


Rank: 25

Made by: Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A. (TABSA)

Factory Location: Nicaragua

Wrapper: Nicaragua

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Dimensions: 5 5/8” by 46 ring gauge

Price: $9.90

Rating: 92


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